We continuously reduce our energy use and emissions through energy reduction projects, equipment upgrades, process improvements and fuel switching.
As part of our commitment to reduce our environmental footprint, we restated our air emissions goal from 10 percent to 30 percent.
We continuously work to reduce our manufacturing emissions including greenhouse gas, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and particle emissions, resulting in improved air quality. Our strategy for reducing air emissions is linked to our management of purchased energy. Reducing the amount of fossil fuels we purchase, reduces our costs and decreases our greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions. Through continuous improvements in operations, equipment and fuel diversity, we have achieved significant company-wide reductions over the past decade, and we will continue to evaluate and implement improvement projects.
Our entire business depends on the sustainability of forests. Our investments in forest restoration and sustainable forest management contribute to increasing forest carbon stocks and to mitigating climate change. As trees and forests grow, they remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere, and convert it into organic carbon, stored in woody biomass. Trees release the stored carbon when they die or decay, or are combusted for energy. As the biomass releases carbon as CO2, the carbon cycle is completed. When woody biomass derived from sustainably managed forests is used for energy, the emissions have no net effect on the atmosphere and are thus considered carbon-neutral.